As victims and families begin to piece their lives back together after a tragedy, a new, lesser-known struggle may emerge. Ann Marie Warren, PhD, ABPP, a clinical psychologist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, and Jeff Quan, a counselor at Eastfield College, recently sat down for a segment of the … Continue reading Life after the storm: The psychological response after trauma
In response to devastating storm damage across North Texas, Baylor Scott & White Health activated its Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) last week. The team of volunteers from Baylor Scott & White’s hospital emergency response teams included both clinical and non-clinical employees who spent time helping fellow colleagues impacted by the tornado. For more than two hours, a seven-person team of … Continue reading Hospital volunteers aid Texas tornado relief effort
We all know the drill: Watch the local weather forecast, listen for the warning sirens and take cover in the safest place we can find — a hallway, an office stairwell, an interior room away from windows. Then we hunker down, ride out the storm and pray we still have power afterwards. If we’re prepared, … Continue reading Natural disaster preparedness tips
How prepared are you? September is National Preparedness Month, a time for businesses and individuals to review and reflect on their preparedness for all hazards. A quick review of your family or company’s disaster preparedness plan can help facilitate planning improvements, training opportunities, or testing policies. In fact, The Joint Commission requires Baylor, as well as … Continue reading Preparing for Disasters: Do You Know Your Hazards?
Working in the health care industry, especially in a hospital, caring for others is a way of life. One of the great things about working at Baylor is, whether you are clinical or not, you feel a genuine responsibility to follow the golden rule, treating others as you want to be treated. Our staff is … Continue reading Oklahoman’s Resiliency Serves As a Lesson For All
After yesterday’s deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma, we’re all thinking about and praying for the people in that community and across the state, as they try to recover from this devastating tragedy. In light of this event and the impending severe weather the North Dallas area may be facing today, now is a good time to … Continue reading Oklahoma Tornadoes a Reminder About Hospital Disaster Preparedness
The thunderstorm that swept through North Texas yesterday caught many off-guard, including myself. I was sitting at my desk inside one of the downtown Dallas skyscrapers when I heard a crack of lightning and a few gasps coming from coworkers. I walked to the nearest window only to gaze out into a dark, gloomy and … Continue reading Be Prepared for North Texas Storms